Media Industry Day - we want more!

A recent Media Industry Day saw nearly 40 students and graduates in attendance at what was an exciting and informative event, with speakers coming from a variety of businesses and experiences.  Working together the university’s Alumni team, Careers & Employability team and Student Enterprise team hosted this interactive event and following feedback from students and graduates will be running more in the future. Joanne Lusher of the Alumni Association said “it is great when the events come together as well as this, all the hard work is worth it and we look forward to developing new events in the future, the feedback following the session was fantastic”.

Catherine and Sebastian Morgan of Blue Butterfly Media who were the first speakers of the day shared some of their work and give useful tips on processes and how they have built up their successful business in their session ‘The journey is the destination’.  This was followed by Jacqui Hodgson, Editor – Factual Programmes: North East and Cumbria at the BBC, who gave an informative session on her role in the BBC and the many programmes which she has worked on sharing valuable experiences and providing useful tips and offers of support.

Richard Berry, UoC graduate, Freelance Creative and Co-Founder of No Routes Found gave a frank and open talk, sharing some of the challenges he has had to overcome, many similar to those faced and shared in the session by Finn Drude also a UoC alumnus who is a Freelance Film Maker and Media Assistant at the university.

Organising and running the Carlisle Photo Festival has been no small achievement and UoC graduate Anna Bridges, talked openly about her passion and what drives her to keep this event running with fellow alumnus Gillian Gilbert, stimulating students and graduates to get involved and develop a portfolio of enterprise skills and experience, an approached supported and encouraged by Sylvia Grainger – Student Enterprise Co-ordinator at the university and Fiona Boyle – Employability Manager.

Aerial Artwork owner and operator Colin Aldred brought along the tools of his trade and demonstrated how these could be used and the different effects he has achieved, before a panel from the guest speakers joined by Max Evan-Kirkman – Freelance Camera Operator and Photographer and Thomas Burrow, Midmorning Producer at BBC Radio Cumbria both of whom are also UoC graduates.

Lunch and refreshments during the day were served in The Vallum Gallery giving everyone the chance to network and get to know each other whilst enjoying the current exhibition.

If you are interested in getting involved in future events as a delegate or as a speaker please email us alumni@cumbria.ac.uk.